during NASCAR Sprint Cup testing at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2008 in Avondale, Arizona.

The man who helped guide Dale Earnhardt to a title is leaving his current team


Veteran crew chief Doug Richert is leaving BK Racing after seven years, according to a Facebook post from his wife, Robin.

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Robin Richert didn't indicate what her husband will do next. He was the crew chief for BK Racing for 21 races in 2017, and he was also the team's Director of Research and Development.

Richert, 57, has been involved with NASCAR for 40 years. He became the youngest crew chief to ever win a championship in the Cup Series at age 20 when he guided Dale Earnhardt to a championship in 1980. Richert replaced crew chief Jake Elder that year at age 19, and he turned 20 before Earnhardt won his first Cup Series title.


Richert was also Greg Biffle's crew chief in 2005 with Roush Fenway Racing when Biffle finished second in the Cup Series.

(h/t Auto Racing Daily)